I think that it is safe to assume that almost everybody has an iPhone now (or similarly capable Android Device) and I’m pretty sure that more than a few of us have opted for contracted phone plans,allowing us to take a look at the app store whenever a bored or curious moment finds us. I’m fairly new to the world of smartphones and only purchase something from the ‘app store’ when it’s recommended to me. Typically, not more than once every two weeks, just because I can get lost looking at the random apps that people come up with. Every now and again though, a good one comes along and there’s some real merit to it. At least in theory, it’s good.
In case you haven’t heard, Snapchat is one of these good in theory apps. It deletes whatever content you have sent from both your phone and the recipient’s ten seconds after the file has been opened. Naturally most people’s first thought it that using Snapchat, any kind of risqué photos you send can’t haunt you five years down the line at that job interview. Or end up on one of those websites where a bunch of angry exes post incriminating photos of their once significant other. It skips all of the sad walks down memory lane that come with social media. And gets to what you really want: potential nudity, immediate reaction, and did I mention potential nudity? Snapchat seemingly offers no avenues for blackmail (therefore no regret) so how could it be a bad thing?
I think we should get a few things out in the open.
First off, you can’t really know what you sent. I know that that is kind of the point (living with no regrets, being young forever, etc etc.) but people have their own memories. Right? And they tend to remember the feelings they’ve associated with what you sent them. Right? So, even though one night you think it’s the greatest idea in the world to send a video confessing your ‘true feelings’ to someone, odds are in the morning it probably wasn’t. That video is gone forever from you too. Perhaps, the recipient wasn’t nearly as inebriated as you were, and clearly remembers the slurring stream of insults or mumbled confession.
Also, what about how really private the Internet is. I mean celebrities’ phones, emails and twitter accounts, have been seriously hacked over the past few years. And if the provocative pictures of Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, and Rihanna (just to name a few) are now public, what chance do we mere mortals have in Snapchat? Not to mention, there have also been a slew of recent YouTube instructional videos telling people how to save content. I’m just saying, if something is meant to be private, than it’s probably best kept away from ten second bursts of pictorial expression.
So, just because everyone has an smartphone now and everyone tells you that you need to get an app, I believe it’s important to just think about what you’re putting out there first. And not after you’ve sent that Snapchat that winds up getting you back. Because believe me, you can’t buy your dignity back in the ‘app store’.